Demonstrators in Mexico are continuing their protest in support of the missing 43 students. Last September 43 students from the Teachers’ college of Ayotzinapa went missing in Iguala, Guerrero. These students were on their way to protest the government‘s hiring and firing practices when they were intercepted and detained by the police which handed them over to the “United Warriors” crime syndicate operating in the area. The 43 students are now considered by many to be murdered by the hands of the syndicate. These students were all attending a local teacher training college with a history of left-wing social activism and radicalism.
Since the news of their disappearance the people of Mexico have come together in support of the 43 students. Further, the working people of Mexico know too well that crimes such as Murder are not exclusive to crime syndicates but are propagated by the actions and the inactions of the government and the state police force. Mexicans know well that the activity of drug cartels and syndicates are predicated on the collusion of the state police, and that such heinous crimes are blooding the hands of the police as well.
This was not the first time that the state has blocked protest movements from rural areas. The current right-wing government wants nothing more than to crush all the germinating social movements in the country and is using all the corrupt infrastructure of the previous governments to aid him in his pursuits. Further, the United States under the Obama administration is waving the “freedom” and “justice” flag in the media while turning a complete blind eye to this issue, no doubt due to NAFTA and other inner house trade pacts.
As more and more tortured and burnt bodies of these students are uncovered, it only adds fuel to the anger and rage of the Mexican people and students around the world. Over 50,000 people have been protesting in the streets of Mexico, and support rallies have been taking place in Venezuela, El Paso, London, Paris, Vienna, and Buenos Aires.
The protest movement around the world has completely shamed the Mexican corrupt government. The protest movement has also underscored the people’s international unity and that attacks on the student movement is no longer isolated to the nation state! Pressured by the people, the governor of Guerrero has been forced to step down. However this is not enough, this attack on the student movement only further highlights the need for the people of Mexico to protect themselves. The so called “vigilante” groups in Mexico (groups of armed civilians against drug cartels) must take on a more prominent role in the struggle against police corruption and drug cartels. Only the people through their unity, both locally and internationally, can defend themselves against the right-wing assaults such as these.